Passport Verification (PPV)

Updated 7/30/2021

All new international students are required to complete Passport Verification (PPV)  with the Office of International Services (OIS) upon arrival to the United States (U.S.). PPV is a procedure that verifies a student’s immigration status to ensure the student is eligible to start an academic program at USC for the upcoming academic semester.


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F-1 and J-1 Students

The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) is the U.S. government agency that sets policies for international students in the U.S. On April 26, 2021, the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) clarified that for the 2021-2022 academic year, F-1 students should abide by the SEVP guidance originally issued in March 2020. This guidance allows distance learning in excess of regulatory limits due to the public health emergency generated by COVID-19.

Students Admitted to USC for Summer/Fall 2020, or Spring/Summer 2021 – Currently Outside the U.S.
  1. Register for classes via Web Registration during your scheduled appointment time.
    • Students who started their USC program from abroad in either summer 2020, fall 2020, spring 2021, or summer 2021 will see an OIS70 hold on their account. This hold does NOT prevent course registration.
  2. Complete PPV immediately upon entry to the U.S.*
    • The OIS70 hold will be removed once you enter the U.S. as an F-1 student in the future and complete PPV.

*New students, transfer students, and all other students with an initial attendance or transfer pending I-20 who are currently outside the U.S. are not eligible to enter the U.S. and enroll in 100% online classes.

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Summer/Fall 2021 Admitted Students–Currently Residing in the U.S.

Summer/Fall 2021 admitted students who are currently in the U.S. can complete PPV online. OIS will remove the registration (STU60/STU50) hold within three business days from the submission date.

OIS Passport Verification Instructions

STEP 1. Activate your USC NetID Account Services.
STEP 2. Watch the New Student Information Session video. (PowerPoint Version)
STEP 3. Login to the PPV Document Submission System.

Required Immigration Documents by Visa Type
F-1 Students
  1. USC I-20 pages 1 and 2 (sample document)
  2. Passport photo page with expiration date and passport number (sample document)
  3. I-94 Document
  4. F-1 student visa (Canadian citizens exempt) (sample document)
J-1 Students
    1. USC DS-2019 page 1 (sample document)
    2. Passport photo page with expiration date and passport number (sample document)
    3. I-94 Document
    4. J-1 student visa (Canadian citizens exempt) (sample document)

Questions regarding PPV requirements? Email oisppv@usc.edu

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Fall 2021 Admitted Students–Currently Outside the U.S.

Please note that new students who are currently outside the U.S. cannot complete PPV. PPV is only for students who arrive in the U.S. to start attending USC in person. This includes:

  • Transfer students (students who transferred their SEVIS record from their previous institution to USC for fall 2021) and
  • USC students changing degree levels within USC (completed undergraduate program in spring 2021 and starting a graduate program in fall 2021).
Academic Enrollment Options for Fall 2021 Admitted Students Who Are Currently Outside the U.S.
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Pending Permanent Residents and Other Non-Immigrant Visa Types

Students who are pending permanent residency or on other non-immigrant visa types such as E1, E4, H-1B, H4, L1, L2, O1, or R1 who are currently in the US must also complete PPV.

OIS Passport Verification Instructions
STEP 1 Activate your USC NetID Account Services
STEP 2 Login to the PPV Document Submission System
Required Immigration Documents by Visa Type
Pending Permanent Residency:
  1. Passport photo page with expiration date and passport number (sample document)
  2. Pending PR documents (sample document)
Other non-immigrant visa types (i.e. H-4, E-2, J-2, etc.):
  1. Passport photo page with expiration date and passport number (sample document)
  2. I-94 Document
  3. Visa stamp (sample document)

DACA/AB540 Students

Please email your USC ID number to oisppv@usc.edu to request to have your STU50/STU60 hold removed.


Change of Degree Level (example: BS Business Admin to MBA)

Students who have completed a degree program at USC in spring 2021 and are starting a new program at USC in summer/fall 2021 will have a STU50 hold placed on their record by USC Admissions. These students are not required to complete PPV with OIS – do not use the online PPV Document Submission System.

To remove the STU50 hold, complete the I-20 Request Form (select “Validation of higher degree” as the reason for the request). Upon submission, the student will receive a confirmation email from OIS@usc.edu. To complete the degree validation process, the student must reply to the confirmation email and attach a copy (PDF format) of the higher degree USC I-20 with Form Issue Reason as “Change of Education Level” issued by the Office of Graduate Admission.
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